Help level the playing field for kids like Nadine

September 11, 2019 / by United Way

Life isn’t always fair.

“When I learned that my daughter, Nadine, was reading at a pre-K level in grade 2, it felt like a punch to the gut. I’m a single mother of four kids…I was so busy, I didn’t realize she was floating under the radar,” said Jayce, Nadine’s mother.

Jayce’s other child Chase was also reading at a lower level.

Did you know? In BC, 1 in 4 children are not school-ready when they enter Grade 1. A child like Nadine who starts school without the skills required to succeed may never catch up.

A United Way funded literacy program gave Nadine and Chase the boost they needed.

“Chase and Nadine are now seven and 10; they’re both reading the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and they talk about what’s going to happen next,” said Jayce. “When I was first told Nadine was three grades behind in her reading level, I would never have guessed that she and Chase would be reading chapter books together two years later,” said Jayce.

Now Nadine loves reading so much that she wants to teach other children how to read when she gets older.

Did you know? In BC, 1 in 4 children are not school-ready when they enter Grade 1.

A child’s future health, learning, and behaviour begin to develop in their early years, so failure to reach developmental milestones—such as the ability to communicate, regulate emotions, and maintain relationships—can have long-term effects on a child’s confidence and competency to succeed.

Education inequality is an #UNIGNORABLE issue that you can help tackle.

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